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Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
EYE CARE, VISION
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Laugh and the World Understands
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Natural Therapies for Menopause
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Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps

Treatment with a specific type of omega-3 fatty acid can shrink the number and size of precancerous polyps in people at high genetic risk of developing bowel cancer, British researchers say.

The study authors reported that the new treatment appears to work as well as a drug called celecoxib (Celebrex), which is prescribed for patients with bowel polyps linked to their genetic risk, but it doesn't cause heart-related side effects.

The study, published online March 18 in the journal Gut, examined 55 patients with a high genetic risk of developing precancerous polyps in the bowel. The condition, known as familial adenomatous polyposis, puts people at much higher risk of developing bowel cancer and needing surgery.

The study participants were divided into two groups, with 28 receiving six months of treatment with daily 2-gram doses of a highly purified form of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, and the others receiving an inactive placebo.

Among those who took the placebo, the number of polyps grew by almost 10 percent, but it dropped by more than 12 percent among those who took the omega-3 capsules. The size of the polyps also increased among those in the placebo group, but decreased among those who took omega-3.

According to the researchers from St. James's University Hospital in Leeds, U.K., omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are safe and have also been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, so this treatment may be a particularly good choice for those at risk of both bowel cancer and heart disease.